Attention Ghostbusters fans! Now is the time to strap on your packs for an exhilarating weekend of ghostly fun during the Ultimate Ghostbusters Paranormal Extravaganza in Knoxville.
The dead will be rising from their graves on July 15–16, 2016 in Knoxville and who ya’ gonna call? No need to worry. The city’s paranormal activity will be investigated by a crack team of paranormal experts in anticipation of the Ghostbusters III movie that is premiering at Regal Cinemas. Fans of the popular movie franchise can purchase VIP tickets which will make them honorary members of the Ghostbusters team for the weekend.
The fun kicks off Friday night when participants will be treated like royalty with VIP access and seating at Regal Theater. The East Tennessee Ghostbusters and their Ecto1 vehicle will be on hand for photo ops and a filming event.
“The Tennessee Ghostbusters East Division raises money for children’s charities,” said Jonathan Scott, deputy chief of the Tennessee Ghostbusters. “We are all a bunch of Ghostbusters fans and we built an Ecto I that we use at special events. It’s all to raise money for charity. We will pose for pictures with guests and all we ask is that they make a donation for the cause.”
After the VIP movie engagement participants will be granted access to an after party at Scruffy City Hall & Preservation Pub, a local historic and popular entertainment venue. Scruffy City Hall & Preservation Pub offers six floors of live music and a unique rooftop that will be projecting Ghostbusters sentiments for the VIP party. VIP guests will enjoy loads of activities, raffles, and mixed drinks will be available at the bar.
Like New York City where the three Ghostbusters movies are set, Knoxville has been receiving national attention as one of the nation’s most haunted cities. The Atlantic Paranormal Society deemed Knoxville “The Hidden Gem of Haunted America.”
Friday night is only the precursor for the big events scheduled for Saturday, when the VIPs discover for themselves what it’s like to be a real Ghostbuster.
The iconic Scene of Ecto1, driven by members of the East Tennessee Ghostbusters, will cruise down Gay Street for photo ops with the fans of the movie franchise on Saturday. This will be the first time this has happened in Knoxville and will be a historic event.
Saturday’s daytime activities are filled with tributes, trivia, costumes, special guests, paranormal investigation 101, and even an opportunity to watch an award-winning documentary. Test your knowledge at a Ghostbusters trivia contest, attend the Harold Ramis tribute honoring the late, lamented star that played Egon Spengler in the original films, or join a Ghost Hunting 101 lecture/panel discussion featuring a handful of visiting paranormal experts. A special viewing of the Knoxville-based documentary film “Historic Haunting: A paranormal study of Ramsey House” will be held inside the Historic Scruffy City Hall.
Special guests include Brand Kreitzer “The Paranormal Road Warrior,” Amy Farley “Voices Carry Radio” and J-Adam Smith “The Paranormal Historian.”
The fun continues on Saturday night as darkness shrouds the city and the spirits emerge with the rising moon. VIPs will find out what it’s like to become a real Ghostbuster With the help of nationally recognized Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours and famed ghost hunter J-Adam Smith, East Tennessee Ghostbusters and special guests will take the VIP’s on a spine tingling, pulse-pounding tour through Knoxville’s haunted city armed with tools that will make them feel like real Ghostbusters. Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours provide real experts, real paranormal investigation tools and real history.
These fun filled events offer a rare opportunity for fledgling filmmakers to portray and recreate iconic scenes from the ghostbusters movie franchise. Fans and film makers should be sure to bring cameras and take advantage of a rare opportunity to film ghostbusters from all around the region.
For more information or VIP tickets to the Ultimate Ghostbusters Paranormal Extravaganza visit ghostbustersday.com. VIP seating at the movie premiere, and spots on the Saturday evening Paranormal Adventure Tour are in short supply, so make your reservations early.
The event is sponsored by Regal Cinema’s, River 106.fm, Scruffy City Hall, Preservation Pub, Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours, Ghostbusters Day, Borderland Tees and the East Tennessee Ghostbusters.
Photo: Members of the East Tennessee Ghostbusters